UK town raises alarm as huge crowds flock to coast

A popular beach town on England's southern coast has declared a "major incident", after crowds flocked to the beach in a heatwave, ignoring public health advice.

Authorities in Bournemouth said what they called irresponsible behaviour by hoards of people badly overstretched local services on Thursday.

Pointing to gridlock on the roads, illegal overnight camping, excessive waste, anti-social behavior and alcohol-fuelled fights.

Social distancing measures have been in force since March in the UK.

Although they're set to be relaxed from July 4th.

With pubs still closed, many have been heading to parks and beaches to socialize and drink alcohol, in some cases, ignoring advice to stay more than 6 feet apart.

Illegal parking clogged Bournemouth's roads, and garbage-collectors were abused as they tried to empty overflowing bins.

Thirty-three tonnes of waste had to be removed from the stretch of coastline in and around the town.

The emergency response will involve extra police patrols, security to protect garbage collectors and the removal of unauthorized campers.